Hymnologist Program

Coming in 2026!

The Asaph Hymnologist Program is a one-year program that acts as a “Year 5” for the Chanter Program, closing the gap on several hymns and teaching the priest prayers.

How it Works

The Hymnologist Program is offered on a semi-regular basis and is only open to male applicants. Applicants need to have completed the four year Asaph Chanter Program; alternatively, applicants can submit a comprehensive Entrance Exam covering any of the hymns from the Chanter Program.

Curriculum Overview

Rare Hymns

  • Ⲅⲉⲛⲉⲑⲗⲓⲟⲛ
  • Great Ⲉⲩⲗⲟⲅⲓⲙⲉⲛⲟⲥ
  • Great Ⲕⲁⲧⲁ ⲛⲓⲭⲟⲣⲟⲥ
  • ⲛⲑⲱⲧⲉⲛ ⲇⲉ
  • Great Exposition
  • Midnight Alleluia
  • Great ⲧⲉⲟⲓ ⲉⲛϩⲓⲕⲁⲛⲟⲥ

Priest Hymns

  • Vespers and Matins Priest Prayers
  • Liturgy of St Basil Priest Prayers


Grading is done at the annual convention as a live oral exam before the panel of the Institute’s Cantors. Students are expected to be ready with all hymns learned throughout the course of the year.


Admission Requirements and Process

The below requirements are not applicable to male graduates of the Asaph Chanter Program.

  • Male age 22 or older
  • Letter of Recommendation from Father of Confession
  • Submission of Personal Statement
  • Two-Phase Entrance Exam
    • First phase is a submission of recordings of specific hymns
    • Second phase is an in-person exam with the Institute’s Cantors covering any hymns from the Asaph Chanter Program

After applying, students who are accepted into the program are placed on a waiting list for the next offering of the program.


Tuition Cost for the Asaph Chanter Program is $475 per semester (i.e. Fall and Spring). This includes the cost of the annual convention (including room and board). Students are responsible for arranging their travel to the convention.